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By: Stuart Nulman – mtltimes.ca

 

From April 6 to 9, the 4th edition of the SOLOS Festival will take the art of solo theatrical shows to a whole new level at the MainLine Theatre (3997 St. Laurent Boulevard). Instead of the usual fare of performers telling their stories on a bare stage, this year’s SOLOS Festival line-up will include shows dealing with circuses, circus clowns, a show done completely in silence, and even one show that is headlined by a pro wrestler.

 

The line-up for this year’s SOLOS Festival – in which 2/3 of the shows being featured are world premieres – are as follows: it begins on April 6 with “A Folio for Fools by Concordia student Julie Foster, which is about a clown who accidentally discovers the complete works of William Shakespeare, and is followed by “Automotua” by Montreal Improv director Marc Rowland, which is a silent show, and deals with an island that is spared from an apocalyptic-type disaster; “Le Merveilleux and Marvelous World de Bonhomme Caramel” by improviser and pro wrestler James McGee highlights the festival on April 7, and is about the world of folk hero Bonhomme Caramel and its wild adventures in colonial Quebec; the shows on April 8 are dedicated to storytelling, first with comedian/storyteller Vince Gillis’ newest work, a fictional piece called “Last Night on Earth” about a mythical town called Red Mountain that is about to be spared by the December 12, 2012 end-of-the-world prophesy, and is followed by “Sloanliness” by Second City member Dan Hershfield, who will take audiences into the strange world of cruise ships; the festival wraps up on April 9 with Margo McDonald’s acclaimed production “Elephant Girls”, about an all-girl gang that terrorized London for over a century, followed by Eve Majzel’s look into the life of a trapeze artist called “Circus of Sighs”.

 

Tickets are $15 each, $25 for two shows, and $50 for an all-access pass, and can be purchased at the MainLine Theatre, or by calling 514-849-3378, or online at www.mainlinetheatre.ca.

 

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There’s no doubt about it, Montreal is indeed recognized as the capital of digital art, thanks to its many companies that create so many innovative creations in the digital world, which in turn attracts clientele from around the world.

To celebrate Montreal’s vast contribution to the world of digital technology, the 2016 edition of Montreal Digital Spring was launched at the McCord Museum on March 24 with its “After Hours at the McCord – Creative Montreal” event. From now until June 21, Montreal Digital Spring at its home base of the McCord, will feature a wide range of events and activities for digital enthusiasts such as interactive spaces, visual and sound performances, immersive experiences and vernissages.

 

Montreal Digital Spring highlights for 2016 include a large-scale conference dealing with visual effects and animation; a chance to explore the world of cinematic virtual reality; a digital workshop in honour of the late Quebec illustrator Vittorio Fiorucci that will be conducted by Communautique and feature some of the latest innovations in 3D cutting, printing and engraving; digital-style artistic performances by Valerie Lamontagne, 3electromode and Dead Horse Beats; an immersive virtual reality experience hosted by the NFB; and another edition of “After Hours at the McCord” on June 9, which will be on the theme of “Montreal Dolce Vita”.

 

For more information, go to www.mccord-stewart.ca.

 

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BBYO and the YM-YWHA invite Montreal Jewish teens between the ages of 13 and 18 to “Bounce for MS”, an evening of trampoline fun to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society, on April 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at SkyTag, located at 77 Brunswick Boulevard in DDO.  Organized in conjunction with NCSY, Maccabi Canada and Congregation Shaare Zion,  the event will also include a partner fan fair, a fun photo booth, plenty of refreshments, as well as games with prizes to be won. Tickets are $10 in advance, $18 at the door. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Kira Blumer at kblumer@bbyo.org.

 

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